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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.



From *þeudō +‎ *-iskaz.


  • IPA(key): /ˈθiu̯.ðis.kɑz/



  1. of the people, popular
  2. of the tribe



In the late Middle Ages, the word acquired a specialized sense referring to vernacular Germanic languages on the continent, specifically, Dutch, German, and Low German, which were not strongly distinguished from each other at the time, as opposed to the Latin of the scholarly elite and the Church. Because of the Holy Roman Empire's preeminence, the word narrowed in meaning to refer solely to German in most languages, with English Dutch, Low German Düütsch (Low German), and archaic Dutch Diets (Middle Dutch) being notable exceptions.

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